Plans for another FRSU with 17 mtpa regas capacity and an onshore LNG terminal show the government of Bangladesh “is clearly in support to boost its LNG supply,” Wood Mackenzie comments. Already, private capital is being attracted to this sector with Summit Power, Reliance Power and Petronet looking to invest in these terminals.
Reliance Power still faces uncertainty over the source of LNG supply for its 718-MW gas-fired power plant project in Bangladesh, and is awaiting a government decision on the matter. The Indian energy company is the first to build a power plant that will run on regasified LNG in neighbouring Bangladesh; but to operate the plant near full capacity Reliance needs around 110 million cubic feet per day (mmcf/d) of natural gas as fuel.
The Cabinet of Bangladesh has given the green light to Reliance Power of India for building a 750-MW combined-cycle gas power plant at Meghnaghat, in the country’s central Narayanganj district. Running on imported LNG, all electricity produced by the power unti will be sold to the Bengali grid operator at an agreed price of $0.73/kWh. The unit is part of a wider LNG-to-power project with up to 3,000 MW, including an FSRU and power interconnectors to export part of the electricity to India.
Limited available land to realise its proposed 3,000 MW combined-cycle gas power plant in Meghnaghat, Reliance Group will now develop a 750 MW plant instead and sell more electricity from Bangladesh to India. The smaller CCGT will be powered by regasified LNG sourced via an FSRU that it will set up at Moheshkhali.
With natural gas being used to generate over 62% of Florida’s electricity needs, the US state is at risk of being over-reliant on this fuel source, the Union of Concerned Scientists warned. Florida Power & Light, however, called the study “incredibly flawed.”
Two major Indian utilities, Reliance Power and Adani Power Ltd, have agreed to build plants In Bangladesh that will generate a total of 4,600 MW of electricity to ease the country's crippling power shortages. Reliance will spend $3 billion on a 2 mtpa FLNG terminal and a 3,000 MW gas-fired power plant under an accord with Sameer Gupta.
The Ministry of Power has stepped back and left it to the India's Cabinet to decide if gas power stations can receive fuel based on an administered price mechanism (APM) under the new price-pooling scheme. Such a move could rekindle operation of idled plants run by Essar Power, Reliance Power, GMR Energy, GVK Power and Lanco Infratech.
The Indian government will decide by March whether it will hand over operation of the idled 1,967 MW Dabhol power plant to private parties. The gas-fired plant is currently managed by Ratnagiri Gas and Power (RGPPL), but it has been crippled by ongoing shortages in gas supply.
The power ministry of India has been forced to alter and adapt a proposal to pol prices of domestic and international gas after the oil ministry warned there is no additional output available from NELP fields until March 2017.
Despite of India's surging electricity demand, the economics of gas generation hinge on peak production, said Rajeev Mathur, executive director marketing at Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL). "If anyone wants reliable power [during hours of peak demand] he can pay more. That's where the economics of imported gas for power generation will work," he told Gas to Power Journal.